Make sure your next camping trip is a safe one
Finding a campsite is no easy task this summer. After more than a year of lockdowns, Canadians were quick to snap up provincial and national campsites when they finally became available. In fact, the Ontario government reported that demand for sites at its parks was up almost 100 per cent
over last year.
Due to this increased demand, some Canadians may be choosing to do backcountry camping on Crown land, which can be located near train tracks. Some national and provincial campgrounds are also adjacent to tracks. So to stay safe, campers need to make sure they know the rail safety basics.
“Campers need to ensure they’re setting up their tents or parking trailers or RVs in a safe location, far away from train tracks,” explains Sarah Mayes, National Director of Operation Lifesaver Canada. “When out hiking and exploring the area around their sites, campers also need to stay clear of tracks—and never use them as a path or a shortcut.”
The perfect campsite is a safe campsite
If you’re itching to get out and explore Canada’s great outdoors, make sure you follow these other tips to ensure your next camping trip is a safe one:
- Be aware of any hazards in the vicinity of your campsite, including railway tracks
- Be fire safe and never leave campfires unattended
- Bring plenty of food and water
- Check the weather forecast and be prepared for it
- Have a first aid kit available at all times
- Keep an eye out for wildlife, and ensure food is stored safely and out-of-reach of animals
- Let someone know your plans in case you run into problems
Now get out there and explore Canada. But stay safe, alert and aware. Happy camping!